1-3/4 cups cereal (Wheaties, Special K, or cornflakes)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 tablespoon plus 1-1/2 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dried dates, chopped
1/2 cup chopped pecans
About 36 candied or maraschino cherries (red and green)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Crush cereal; set aside.
3. In large bowl, mix sugar, shortening, milk, vanilla and egg. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in dates and pecans.
4. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls into crushed cereal; roll gently until completely coated. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press cherry into each cookie.
5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or just until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.